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I have a question for everyone. Three of my mother pygmy goats got pregnant from my Nubian male goat. He was supposed to mate with the boar females we have but he didn't. Has anyone ever had any problems crossing Nubian with pygmy?

My biggest concern is one of those pygmy moms is less than a year.

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Not the best when the male is the Nubian, which is so much larger than the pygmy doe.  How far along are they? You may be looking at C-sections.  Would expect kids to be 4 to 6 pounds instead of the 2 or 3 pounds of a pygmy to pygmy breeding.  If you are going to let them continue their pregnancies would be sure you are there at the first sign of labor, only give them 20 minutes of hard pushing before you help or call a vet.  Would be sure not to over feed during the last 4 weeks of pregnancy as this is when the kids grow the most.  Hope this helps - Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

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Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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